FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The buzz is high for Fort Wayne police.
Officers believe indoor drones could be the key to help fight crime.
"It just gives us a better idea what to expect before even going in the building," Fort Wayne Air Support Officer Bobby Lemon said.
Lemon says sending these drones into dangerous situations could save lives.
"We would much rather lose that drone than to have any officers injured or any suspects injured," Lemon said.
Using these drones, police say they can better search for and communicate with hidden suspects while also reducing police presence in the community.
"It allows the police departments to lessen their footprint in a neighborhood on a tactical situation," said Jessie Wiggens, a consultant for police departments across the country.
He showed Fort Wayne officers and a number of other departments how the drones work.
Wiggins says the drones cost anywhere from $9,000 to $16,000, but are worth every penny.
"This particular technology makes that job of locating, isolating and communicating with their suspects a lot more efficient, Wiggins said."
"Several departments around the country, the nation, have seen a need for this technology," said Lemon.
Lemon says most people won't see these drones out in the open, but he thinks their work indoors can go a long way.
"We don't use these drones to spy on you or to try to see what you're doing in your backyard or anything like that," Lemon said. "These drones are used basically to help us serve the community better, to help us do our job better, to make things easier."
The Fort Wayne Police Head of Air Support says the department plan is to do more research, but a purchase could be right around the corner.